Why Honor Matters by Tamler Sommers

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A celebration of insular, exclusionary honor culture that does not adequately account for its pernicious effects.
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A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality
To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized society. But for philosopher Tamler Sommers, a sense of honor is essential to living moral lives. In Why Honor Matters, Sommers argues that our collective rejection of honor has come at great cost. Reliant only on Enlightenment liberalism, the United States has become the home of the cowardly, the shameless, the selfish, and the alienated. Properly channeled, honor encourages virtues like courage, integrity, and solidarity, and gives a sense of living for something larger than oneself. Sommers shows how honor can help us address some of society's most challenging problems, including education, policing, and mass incarceration. Counterintuitive and provocative, Why Honor Matters makes a convincing case for honor as a cornerstone of our modern society.
 

About Tamler Sommers

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Tamler Sommers is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Houston. He is the author of "A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain", a collection of interviews with philosophers and scientists. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and is a frequent contributor to the "Times Literary Supplement" and the "Believer".
 
Published May 8, 2018 by Basic Books. 261 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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on Jan 28 2018

A celebration of insular, exclusionary honor culture that does not adequately account for its pernicious effects.

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